How to install Photoshop in Ubuntu and LinuxMint

Photoshop is an important tool to many of us here. There are people who stick with Windows or Mac for gaining a native environment to use this tool on. For Linux users,photoshop there is Gimp, the perfect alternative to Photoshop . However, there are some users that are used for photoshop and they can not switch to Gimp for some reason..

Using wine to install Photoshop used to work fine upto Ubuntu version 10.04, but it now breaks for 10.10 and/or Natty.

This tutorial will show you the shortest way to install PS CS5 on the latest builds of Ubuntu available.

Things you’re going to need:

  • A Computer Running Ubuntu Maverick or Natty

  • A Computer running windows (Or a VM, your choice)

  • A Copy of the Adobe CS5 installer. This is publicly downloadable on the Adobe website (Shareware).

Let’s get started, shall we?

Install Adobe Cs5 on your windows machine first. We need to copy a few registry entries from there for PS to work fine in Ubuntu. After the installation, run regedit and navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Adobe

Right click on the Adobe folder and select “Export”, name this file “PS.reg”.

Switch to your Ubuntu machine now.

Install wine and the Microsoft true-type fonts with the command below.

sudo apt-get install wine ttf-mscorefonts-installer

Then run the following to create your own .wine folder.


PS is a native windows app and has a few Windows based dependencies. We need to use winetricks to install this. Execute the following:

sh winetricks msxml6 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005sp1 vcrun2008 msxml3 atmlib

Now comes the tiresome part. Since we can’t use the installer on Ubuntu, we’ll need to copy the needed files over from Windows to Ubuntu. These are the files you need to copy and where they need to go.

C:Program FilesAdobe	---->	$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Adobe
C:Program FilesCommon FilesAdobe	---->	$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Common Files/Adobe
C:Documents and Settings$USERApplication DataAdobe	----> $HOME/.wine/drive_c/users/$USER/Applications Data/Adobe
C:windowssystem32odbcint.dll	---->	$HOME/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/odbcint.dll

Once that’s done, copy over your “PS.reg” file from your Windows machine to your home directory and execute the command below.

wine regedit adobe.reg

That’ll import the registry entries into the wine registry. We are done.

To test it out, go to go toHome -> .wine -> drive_c -> Program Files -> Adobe ->Adobe Photoshop CS5 with your favorite shell and right click on the ‘Photoshop.exe’ and select “Open with Wine Windows Program Loader”

PS CS5 should now load. You might consider creating a shortcut and placing it on your desktop for easier access.

  • nick

    Why Wine over virtualization?

    I find its easier to set up Virtualbox.
    My parents and uncles use it easily to access their income tax software once a year.

    is there an advantage/disadvantage between using both methods?

  • atJesse

    Instead of all these troubles, you can do it in one click using PlayOnLinux!!

  • zinovsky

    Playonlinux is a great piece of software but for installing photoshop not. I tried several times to use playonlinux to install photoshop, never works

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... Andy Prough

    These same instructions work for installing Acrobat Pro 8.0 under wine version 3.19. I am posting a how-to with a modified form of the above for Acrobat Pro at:

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... Ben

    Hmm.. thought I’d really found the ideal tutorial for a friend who needs CS5 here.

    However when I scanned through it I realised I needed a windows machine. No go. I don’t have windows in any form or fashion, real or virtual. Essentially makes this tut a bit useless to me and I’m sure a lot of other Linux & Wine users.

    Unless of course someone was to share the .reg file in question?

  • tweety

    i tried this tutorial a lot of times but it never worked, please can u throw more light on it i possible write out the correct commands to copy my photoshop from windows to ubuntu because am a newbie in ubuntu n wats to learn more about linux tnx, u can contac me here


    sh winetricks msxml6 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005sp1 vcrun2008 msxml3 atmlib

    After Applying This command a message appear

    —————————-sha1sum mismatch! Rename /home/asifsaho/.cache/winetricks/msxml6/msxml6_x86.msi and try again.

    How can i do now? I am using Ubuntu 10.10 x64 bit

    and i was not understand ——winecfg——- this command.
    Please help

  • Economy

    I wasn’t expecting this to work, but nicely done!

  • John

    First of all, thanks for this tutorial!

    Photoshop works fine. Once it starts there is an error saying it has got to close photoshop, but it doesn’t, and i keep on working normally.
    All plugins are working fine, i’ve imported their windows’ registry settings and it’s done, including registration keys.

    Photodownloader seems to work well too.

    CameraRaw is working great too!

    Bridge is functioning well, but slowly. The GUI isn’t all ok, it’s good for creating an epileptic seizure rather than working, it’s always flashing in black and white, and the buttons are always disappearing, i have to roll the mouse over the icons before i’m able to see them.

    Either way, photoshop is running great!

  • Anshuman

    Simply awesome. I don’t expect software to work like this in a Wine environment, but it works like a charm. Thank you so much!

  • pearl

    @john OR @zinovsky
    "All plugins are working fine, i’ve imported their windows’ registry settings and it’s done, including registration keys."

    how did you do that?? i’d like to import topaz if its possible.

    thanks in advance.

    @zinovsky – thanks. if i couldn’t install PS i would have tossed ubuntu. :-)

  • Dee

    Thank you for a great tutorial. It worked perfectly for me!

  • Daniel Hughes

    Thanks for sharing such an interesting article to the readers. I just love this and also Have bookmarked this blog. Love to see more from you. Keep it up. Best Wishes. :) PC Support

  • Roland Deschain

    there is Gimp, the perfect alternative to Photoshop .
    Afraid not, GIMP is very far behind photoshop in terms of features, and the layout is atrocious to say the least. Less features I could deal with, if GIMP were to fix their layout. As it stands, however, I will stick to Photoshop, or Paint.NET.

  • Tyi Wells

    i dont know what im doing worng but its now working for me.

  • Kaffka

    I worked for my Linux Mint Debian as well.

  • Topazhills

    Hello all,

    I have Ubuntu 11.10 and Vista on separate partitions on my laptop.
    I have Adobe Pro on my vista partition and would like to use it from the Ubuntu
    partition as well.

    I can’ copy over the files
    C:Program FilesAdobe —-> $HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Adobebecause these files are like 1.8 GB. I don’t want to use up that much space.I tried to run Acrobat.exe without copying the above files.Adobe Acrobat Pro opened up and everything, but I got a message”No valid Acrobat serial number found. Acrobat will now quit.” in a message box.I exported my entire regedit entires and imported it into Wine.Is there any easy way to fix this? Is there an easy way to point Adobe to the serial number already installed on my Vista partition?I would appreciate if someone can help

  • Marco Schmidt

    will try this… thanks dude :)

  • Tempe107

    if you sill need the reg file then i can help you.

  • Ipovnecom

    hi, i did everything what is writen up , my PS is running, everrithing is ok but when i want to use text and when i push text icon in photoshop  i get program error like in windows when something is wrong,maybe someone know how to fix this.

  • ekansh m

    Works lika a charm..Thanks Zinoune

  • Jeremie Nevill

    sh winetricks msxml6 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005sp1 vcrun2008 msxml3 atmlib It didn’t work any help?

  • Nicolas

    Thanks for share the information, I recommend you to my friends. Geek

  • Samih

    C:Documents and Settings$USERApplication DataAdobe  – the directory is a junktion on windows 7.  . .   I cant get access to it.

  • Samih

    Tried this with adobe photoshop cs6. It said “Please uninstall and reinstall the product.

    ERROR: 1

  • Chris Kildegaard

     I don’t normally see the sh command like that. I believe it may need a ./ in front. Other than that, I don’t know.

  • Evansjj

     did you find access to it? im having the same problem!

  • Arup Ghosh

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful tutorial, Just started using Ubuntu 12.


    Don’t run this as root or using sudo.
    Also, if the sh command fails, try the bash one instead. Just add the letters ba in the beginning of it all and them paste the whole command again :)

  • Andy

    I’m looking for installing illustrator CSwhatever in ubuntu 12.04, I follow this tutorial and I’ve found out that it is just for photoshop.. since neither fireworks or dreamweaver (talking about CS Master ) doesn’t properly work.

    I’m wondering if /odbcint.dll just enables photoshop rather than the whole package.. however, I don’t want to copy all system32 files over to .wine/dirve_c/windows

    did anybody try that?

  • Rorschach

    The floating toolbars are annoying as hell (on Gimp). Guess i’ll try I just want to be able to edit photos on a basic level (cropping personal info out, etc).

  • pixael

    just install gimp 2.8 way better…

  • Rorschach

    Thanks. Will do.

  • Ben Kuhl

    How is GIMP 2.8? I had the same frustrations with GIMP that you did with those floating windows.

  • Rorschach

    Never actually installed it…lol. Sorry man. I had been using Ubuntu on my chromebook but it was just way too bloated for my acer Chromebook so i’m back on chromeOS now.

  • NarniaQA

    If you get the latest of gimp, then go into the windows and click Single-window mode

  • pixael

    Gimp 2.8 is pretty much like Photoshop… less features but same look&feel

  • Любовь Фоменко

    I launch photoshop. exe and it not react. no errors, nothing at all. :(

  • Umar

    does the same method applicable on the installation of adobe flash cs6 on ubuntu 12.04

  • Amit

    Is there a way to install adobe indesign in ubuntu 10.4

  • Rod Fleming

    Its a good article, thatnk you. However, using Photoshop is not a matter of being unwilling to learn a new program. GIMP is fine for amateur purposes, but it is simply not a professional tool. It may be a replacement for Photoshop Elements, but without the ability to natively, relaibly and easily work in CMYK, the GIMP just ain’t man enough for the task. So getting Photoshop torun properly in Linux is vital if people like me are to use it.

  • Veritas

    The next GIMP upgrade brings CMYK support